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America's State Trees

Official State Trees of the 50 United States and Territories

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All 50 states and several U.S. territories have officially embraced a state tree. All of these state trees, with the exception of Hawaii's state tree, are natives that naturally live and grow in the state in which they are designated. I list each state tree in order by state, common name, scientific name and the year of enabling legislation.
Also, I have included a Smokey Bear poster of all state trees. Here you will see each tree, a fruit and a leaf. State Tree Poster
Note: I try to link each state tree to important botanical and silvic information.

Alabama State Tree, longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, enacted 1997

Alaska State Tree, Sitka spruce, Picea sitchensis, enacted 1962

Arizona State Tree, Palo Verde, Cercidium microphyllum, enacted 1939

California State Tree, California redwood, Sequoia giganteum* Sequoia sempervirens*, enacted 1937/1953

Colorado State Tree, Colorado blue spruce, Picea pungens, enacted 1939

Connecticut State Tree, white oak, Quercus alba, enacted 1947

District of Columbia State Tree, scarlet oak, Quercus coccinea, enacted 1939

Delaware State Tree, American holly, Ilex opaca, enacted 1939

Florida State Tree, Sabal palm, Sabal palmetto, enacted 1953

Georgia State Tree, live oak, Quercus virginiana, enacted 1937

Guam State Tree, ifil or ifit, Intsia bijuga

Hawaii State Tree, kukui or candlenut, Aleurites moluccana, enacted 1959

Idaho State Tree, western white pine, Pinus monticola, enacted 1935

Illinois State Tree, white oak, Quercus alba, enacted 1973

Indiana State Tree, tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, enacted 1931

Iowa State Tree, oak, Quercus**, enacted 1961

Kansas State Tree, cottonwood, Populus deltoides, enacted 1937

Kentucky State Tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, enacted 1994

Louisiana State Tree, baldcypress , Taxodium distichum, enacted 1963

Maine State Tree, eastern white pine, Pinus strobus, enacted 1945

Maryland State Tree, white oak , Quercus alba, enacted 1941

Massachusetts State Tree, American elm , Ulmus americana, enacted 1941

Michigan State Tree, eastern white pine , Pinus strobus, enacted 1955

Minnesota State Tree, red pine , Pinus resinosa, enacted 1945

Mississippi State Tree, magnolia, Magnolia***, enacted 1938

Missouri State Tree, flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, enacted 1955

Montana State Tree, ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, enacted 1949

Nebraska State Tree, cottonwood, Populus deltoides, enacted 1972

Nevada State Tree, singleleaf pinyon pine, Pinus monophylla, enacted 1953

New Hampshire State Tree, white birch, Betula papyrifera, enacted 1947

New Jersey State Tree, Northern red oak, Quercus rubra, enacted 1950

New Mexico State Tree, pinyon pine, Pinus edulis, enacted 1949

New York State Tree, sugar maple, Acer saccharum, enacted 1956

North Carolina State Tree, pine, Pinus sp., enacted 1963

North Dakota State Tree, American elm, Ulmus americana, enacted 1947

Northern Marianas State Tree, flame tree, Delonix regia

Ohio State Tree, buckeye, Aesculus glabra, enacted 1953

Oklahoma State Tree, redbud, Cercis canadensis, enacted 1937

Oregon State Tree, Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, enacted 1939

Pennsylvania State Tree, eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, enacted 1931

Puerto Rico State Tree, silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra

Rhode Island State Tree, red maple, Acer rubrum, enacted 1964

South Carolina State Tree, Sabel palm, Sabal palmetto, enacted 1939

South Dakota State Tree, black hills spruce, Picea glauca, enacted 1947

Tennessee State Tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, enacted 1947

Texas State Tree, pecan, Carya illinoinensis, enacted 1947

Utah State Tree, blue spruce, Picea pungens, enacted 1933

Vermont State Tree, sugar maple, Acer saccharum, enacted 1949

Virginia State Tree, flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, enacted 1956

Washington State Tree, western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla, enacted 1947

West Virginia State Tree, sugar maple, Acer saccharum, enacted 1949

Wisconsin State Tree, sugar maple, Acer saccharum, enacted 1949

Wyoming State Tree, plains cottonwood, Poplus deltoides subsp. monilifera, enacted 1947

* California has designated two distinct species as its state tree.
** Although Iowa did not designate a specific species of oak as its state tree, many people recognize bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, as the state tree since it is the most widespread species in the state.
*** Although no specific species of magnolia was designated as the state tree of Mississippi, most references recognize the Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora, as the state tree.

This information was provided by the United States National Arboretum. Many state trees listed here can be found in the U.S. National Arboretum's "National Grove of State Trees."

Official State Trees

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